1 – Passport to Pre-press



Passport to Pre-press

Objective: Create a “Passport” of illustrated and defined pre-press terms and concepts. This is an on-going project, in addition to other projects we’ll do throughout the semester, that you will be responsible for completing by the end of the course.

  1. Get a small notebook of your choosing. (Smaller, pocket style notebooks that are 5 x 7 to 5.5” x 8.5” work well.) You will need a minimum of 150 pages, so you may need two books. The style of notebook is up to you, spiral bound, perfect bound, ruled, blank, or gridlines – it doesn’t matter.
  2. Create an illustrated dictionary of sorts using the attached list of terms. You may use handouts, supplied reading materials, or the internet to help you define things – but be sure that you are obtaining the definition of the word as it pertains to pre-press, graphic production or printing. (for example, Stripper, Hickey and Knock Out, are all printing terms… and they probably don’t mean what just popped into your head!)
  3. Include a hand-drawn illustration or sketch of the term or paste in a physical sample. If drawn, you may copy the illustration from any source you want, but you must draw it by hand. This can be a pencil/pen sketch, colored with colored pencil… what ever you prefer. If something is pasted in (like a foil stamp), it must be a physical sample of the item (cut out from a newspaper, cardboard box, magazine, etc.), photos printed out from the internet will not be accepted.


Some of the concepts will be more difficult to illustrate… draw something that will help you visually remember what the term means.

To get credit for each entry, it MUST meet the following criteria:

    • One term per page
    • The definition must be IN YOUR OWN WORDS
    • There must be an illustration or physical sample included for each term.
    • Leave space on each page for your “Passport Stamp”

Due Dates: 

Bring Empty Journal to Class: ______________________

First Review: ______________________

Second Review: ______________________

Turn in Completed Passport: ______________________

Late Work Policy: All projects are due on the day & time given, always at the beginning of class unless otherwise noted. A late accommodation is given only with the understanding that emergencies & unforeseen circumstances occasionally arise. A late project must be turned in by the following class & will be marked down one letter grade accordingly. A later submission will not be accepted. Missing a scheduled critique or presentation will result in an “F” for that project. If you are sick the day a project is due, you MUST bring a doctor’s note when returning to class.

Passport Terms


  1. Flexography (Direct Print)
  2. Lithography (Offset Printing)
  3. Gravure
  4. Ink Jet Printing
  5. Digital Printing
  6. Letterpress
  7. Screen Printing (Serigraphy)
  8. Thermography
  9. Sheetfed Press
  10. Rotary Press
  1. Blanket
  1. Color Control Bar
  2. Densitometer
  3. Gripper Edge
  4. Imagesetter
  5. Stripper
  6. Doctor Blade
  7. Impression Cylinder
  8. Ink Fountain
  9. Platemaker
  10. Printing Plate
  11. Printing Unit
  12. Raster Image Processor (RIP)

Print & Color:

  1. Additive Color
  1. Bitmap
  2. Bleed
  3. CMYK (4 color process)
  4. Color Gamut
  5. Color Separation
  6. Color Sequence
  7. Continuous-tone
  8. Crop Marks
  9. Dot Gain
  10. DPI, LPI, PPI
  11. Drawdown
  12. Duotone
  13. Ink Density
  14. Fine Screen (High Line Screen)
  15. Coarse Screen
    (Low Line Screen)
  16. Flood
  17. For Position Only
  18. Gang
  19. Gate Fold
  20. Ghosting
  21. Glyphs
  22. Halftone
  23. Head-to-tail
  24. Hickey
  25. Image Area
  26. Kern
  27. Knock Out
  28. Ligature
  29. Loupe (loop)
  30. Makeready
  31. Mark-Up
  32. Mechanical
  33. Metallic Ink
  34. Mock Up and/or Dummy
  35. Moiré
  36. Mottle
  37. Overprint
  38. Paste-up
  39. Pica
  40. Pixel
  41. PMS
  42. Prepress
  43. Preprint & Imprint
  44. Press Check
  45. Proof
  46. Proofreader Marks
  47. Register Marks
  48. Mis-Registration
  49. Reverse out
  50. RGB
  51. Right Reading
  52. Screen Angles
  53. Screen Density
  54. Screen Frequency
    (or Line Screen)
  55. Separations
  56. Spot Color
  57. Substrate
  58. Subtractive Color
  59. Tint
  60. Trap, Spread & Choke
  61. Trim Size
  62. Typographers Quotes
  63. # Up
  64. Vignette
  65. Vector
  66. 5000 Degrees Kelvin
    (Standard Viewing Conditions)


  1. Blind Emboss
  1. Comb Binding
  2. Creep
  3. Crossover
  4. Cutting Die
  5. Die Cut
  6. Deboss
  7. Emboss
  8. Foil Stamp
  9. Gutter
  10. Imposition
  11. Kiss Die Cut
  12. Perfect Bind
  13. Perforating
  14. Post Bind
  15. Printer Spreads
  16. Reader Spread
  17. Saddle Stitch
  18. Score
  19. Shingling
  20. Side stitch
  21. Signature
  22. Spine
  23. Spiral Bind


  1. Antique Finish
  1. Basis Weight
  2. Booklet Envelope
  3. Catalog Envelope
  4. C1S & C2S
  5. Calendar
  6. Caliper
  7. Converting
  8. Deckle Edge
  9. Felt Finish
  10. Grain Direction
  11. Short Grain & Long Grain
  12. Indicia
  13. Ink Holdout
  14. Laid Finish
  15. Linen Finish
  16. Ream
  17. Vellum Finish
  18. Watermark
  19. Wove Finish